Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rumblin'! Bumblin'! Stumblin'! Scorin'! Winnin'! A.J. Ogilvy leads Vanderbilt to upset in Baton Rouge

Wow. Vanderbilt just upset LSU 75-67 in Baton Rouge. It's only the Tigers' second conference loss of the season.

How in the world did the Commodores do it?


Vanderbilt trailed only once in the game, 2-0, then raced out to a 22-8 lead in the first half, led 37-26 at halftime, then held on for dear life.


A.J. Ogilvy scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds against LSU's long, athletic defense. He'd have scored even more if not for five turnovers and clanking the front or back end of four or five sets of free throws. But in the waning minutes he was 4-4 from the charity stripe.


How many times have we seen the Commodores go cold in the last five minutes of a half or a game? Not tonight. Case in point:

• After the Tigers shot a three to cut the VU lead to 56-54 with 8:26 remaining, A.J. scored a layup to stretch the lead to 58-54.

• After the Tigers nailed another three to cut it to 58-57, freshman Steve Tchiengang hit a pair of free throws to make it 60-57.

• After Marcus Thornton converted an old-fashioned three to tie the game at 60-60, Tchiengang hit the back end of a pair of charity shots to make it 61-60 VU, then freshman Brad Tinsley gunned in a three-pointer to make it 64-60 VU with 4:43 remaining.

• At the 2:15 mark, the Tigers hit yet another three-pointer to narrow the lead to 66-64, but then Jermaine Beal nailed a jumper to make it 68-64.

• After a pair of Tiger free throws cut the Vandy lead to two with a minute remaining, Brad Tinsley hit another big three, then hit a pair of free throws to make it 73-66 with 23 seconds left.


Though shooting under 70 percent from the free throw line for the game, Vanderbilt was 9-10 in the final seven minutes, and a perfect 6-6 in the final 3:30.


Jermaine was the only other Commodore in double digits, with 17 points.

So we're 18-11 and 7-8 in the SEC. If we can take care of business at home against Arkansas, we can finish 19-11 and 8-8 with some nice momentum going into the conference tournament next weekend in St. Pete.

Oh, and that loss to Georgia in Athens doesn't look so bad anymore. The Dawgs just beat Kentucky in Rupp.

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